The Q&A Archives: Getting Orchilds to bloom ?

Question: I have an Orchid, It was in bloom when my son gave it to me last mothers day, the flowers really lasted a long time . It hasn't bloomed again sence, Ive never moved it from where I had first put it. Its grown 2 new leaves, but never bloomed again.How can I get it to bloom again ?

Answer: Orchids are an incredibly independent lot! But they are lovers of humidity and I find they won't flower without it. Have you tried setting the pot on top of pebbles with a shallow layer of water? As the water evaporates, it increases humidity around the plants. Don't let the pot/roots sit in the water, but just above it. Light daily misting can also help. Also, since orchids are generally planted in something like bark, they need to be fertilized regularly for nutrients. My friend who has a greenhouse full of orchids recommends fertilizing with a balanced fertilizer each time you water, but use only 1/4 of the amount of fertilizer recommended on the container. Try to be patient. If the plant looks healthy, it will probably bloom again in time!

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